MERCER COUNTY Commissioners OK agency contracts

An updated Mercer County All Hazards Mitigation Plan was adopted.
MERCER, Pa. -- Mercer County commissioners approved contracts with several agencies Thursday to provide services for Children & amp; Youth Services.
The contracts are for facilities that house children who have to be removed from their homes. They are: Pennsylvania Mentor, Pittsburgh, which will provide services ranging from $14.69 to $160 daily; Perseus House, Erie, services ranging from $45 to $217 daily; and Sarah Reed Children's Center, Erie, services ranging from $260 to $425 daily.
Contracts were also signed with Erie Homes for Children and Adults Inc., for $300 per day out-of-home 24-hour enhanced respite services; and with Alternative Options Inc., Jamestown, for home and community habilitation for $11 and $15 per unit of treatment. The two facilities will provide services for the county's Behavioral Health Commission which handles mental health/retardation services.
Also Thursday, commissioners appointed Mayor William Morocco of Farrell to the Affordable Housing Fund Board. They reappointed R. Glen Adams, Greenville; Donald Koontz, Fredonia; Ron Errett, Sharon; Bob Siegfried, Grove City, and Pamela Prince, Sharon, to the board. All were appointed for two years through June 30, 2006. The board administers the fun, derived from a fee charged on filings in the county recorder's office. It is used for various efforts to provide low-cost housing.
Commissioners also reappointed Dr. Fred Brenner, Grove City and Gary Hittle, Greenville to the Mercer County Solid Waste Authority for five-year terms to end Aug. 2, 2009.
An updated version of the Mercer County All Hazards Mitigation Plan was adopted. Such a plan must be reviewed every five years for conformity to state requirements and is necessary in order to receive future disaster funds.
An agreement was also signed with the Eric Ryan Corp., Ellwood City, to provide the county with natural gas consulting, management and information services for $30 per month. Mercer County employs such consultants to obtain the cheapest possible natural gas as part of a consortium it belongs to.
Commissioners hired Thomas Strahler, Greenville, as an investigator/intake worker and Ivory Barnett, Hermitage, as a part-time investigator/intake worker, both for the Public Defender's Office. They will be paid $29,340 and $26,406 per year, respectively.
The board also hired Geotechnical Consultants, Inc., Westerville, Ohio, for $36,251 to provide geotechnical engineering services at a bridge on Fox Mine Road, Jackson Township.

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